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White House Announces 'Música Latina' Concert Featuring Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin

12:20 PM, Sep 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The White House today announced Música Latina, a concert featuring performers Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Raul Malo, Ricky Martin, Price Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Marco Antonio Solis. The event will take place at the White House next week on September 16.

"As part of their In Performance at the White House series, the President and First Lady will invite music artists to the White House for a celebration of Latin music during Hispanic Heritage Month," reads the White House press release.

Música Latina: In Performance at the White House will showcase Latin musical heritage,reflecting the influence of richly diverse Latino communities from throughout the Americas. The program celebrates the beauty and diversity of that music. From the lively rhythms of Central America and the Caribbean to the beautiful sounds of South America, Latin music is known for blending a wide variety of styles.

The evening will feature artists Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Raul Malo, Ricky Martin, Price Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Marco Antonio Solis. (Program subject to change.) The President’s remarks will be pooled press, and the entire event will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. 

Música Latina: In Performance at the White House will be broadcast Tuesday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings). The program will also be broadcast Sunday, October 13 via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

As she has done with previous White House music events, the First Lady will host a special daytime event for students. The First Lady will welcome 130 middle and high school students from around the Washington, D.C. area to take part in an educational workshop, Celebrando el Ritmo Latino: The History of Latin Music. Beginning at 11:00 a.m.in the State Dining Room, The GRAMMY Museum’s Executive Director Robert Santelli will lead the students in an overview of the origins of Latin music, inform them of the elements of the genre, discuss how Latin music has been popularized in other parts of the world and talk about the many subgenres that encompass the larger Latin genre. Some performers from the evening event, including Lila Downs, Romeo Santos and Marco Antonio Solis, will share their experiences as well as answer student questions about the music and entertainment world. 

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